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  • 5th September 2006

    Gay MP to Blair – time to go 1

    Gay MP Chris Bryant has been leading calls for Tony Blair to step down as Prime Minister.

    12:00 AM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has been leading calls for Tony Blair to step down as Prime Minister.Mr Blair has recently faced increased demands to name a departure date as party members and politicians become more split over the direction of Labour and goverment policy.It was revealed this morning that at least two letters have been drafted to Mr Blair requesting his departure.

  • Gay humanists cause a stir in “Cathedral City” 1

    GALHA recently criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for his “spineless“ abandonment of gay people in the Anglican Church after he came under pressure from right-wing evangelicals

    12:00 AM — Members of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), which has chosen Canterbury for its annual residential gathering next week, are bracing themselves for a protest from a Christian group calling itself Christian Family Youth Concern Fellowship.In a letter to the hotel where the event is being held, the Christian group said that they had been tipped off that it was "hosting a rather unsavoury conference" and described GALHA as "promoting sexual deviancy and paganism."

  • Homophobic abuse spurs NHS Trust’s discrimination review

    Staff at a sexual health clinic are to undergo training in dealing with discrimination

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveStaff at a sexual health clinic are to undergo training in dealing with discrimination after a gay patient and his partner complained about homophobic abuse.Robert Brown attended the Caldecot Centre at King's College Hospital, an NHS Trust, earlier this year with his boyfriend and claims he was verbally abused by another visitor who repeatedly shouted homophobic taunts throughout a two hour wait where staff did nothing to help.

  • Stonewall surveys Welsh gay community

    The survey is a vital part of Stonewall Cymru's ongoing campaign work to “ensure fair treatment for lesbian and gay people in Wales” with survey findings presented to the Welsh Assembly

    12:00 AM — Stonewall made use of the Cardiff Mardi Gras to support its All Wales lesbian, gay, and bisexual Survey 2006 last weekend.The survey is a vital part of Stonewall Cymru's ongoing campaign work to "ensure fair treatment for lesbian and gay people in Wales" with survey findings presented to the Welsh Assembly to help towards delivering better services to LGB people across Wales.

  • Gay MP talks about Blair ‘plots’ 1

    The MP initially refused to make any comment when contacted by  PinkNews.co.uk.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive Gay MP Chris Bryant has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about news reports that he is urging the Prime Minister to stand down.BBC Radio 4's Today programme reported that a letter from MPs including Bryant asking Blair to set a departure date has been drafted.The MP initially refused to make any comment when contacted by PinkNews.co.uk. 

  • Will Young wary of ‘gay’ image 2

    Will Young has said that he does not feel he can act in the same way as Robbie Williams

    12:00 AM — Will Young has told The Times that he is wary of acting in the same way as other artists because he is gay.In an interview he said: "There are still things that I can't do, being a gay man. You have to think carefully about things — about, for instance, prancing around with my top off in jeans."

  • AIDS infection rise in North West

    There has been a 4% rise in the number of HIV/AIDS infections in the North West

    12:00 AM — There was a 23% increase in the rate of HIV and AIDS infection rates in the North West between 2003 and 2005 according to university researchers.Liverpool's John Moores University has released a report that highlights the jump in gay infections from 300 men in 2003 to 359 in 2004 to 373 in 2005, and representing 44% of the total number of new cases in 2004.

  • 4th September 2006

    Cameron highlights importance of gay unions 6

    David Cameron has used his keynote speech to the Conservative party conference to affirm his support for civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — David Cameron has used his keynote speech to the Conservative party conference to affirm his support for civil partnerships.Towards the end of his hour-long address to delegates, the Tory leader covered familiar ground, saying the party should back marriage.He said that there was something special about marriage that is not about religion or morality, but also about "the two of us together, and that really matters."

  • Gay group criticises unholy alliance 6

    Fire-fighters at Euro Pride in London this year

    12:00 AM — A Scottish gay group has criticised an unholy alliance of critics towards the nine Glasgow fire-fighters who were reprimanded for snubbing a gay pride march last June, after the Archbishop of Glasgow and a BNP spokesperson defended the public servants.The Equality Network spoke out against Archbishop Mario Conti and Glasgow BNP organiser Walter Hamilton questioning their dignity in regards to the case.

  • Spinster sisters challenge over gay tax rights

    The spinster Burden sisters Joyce, 88, and Sybil, 81, have written to the Chancellor before every Budget since 1976 asking for exemption for family members from inheritance tax.

    12:00 AM — Two octogenarian sisters are taking the British government to the European Court of Human Rights over a tax dispute..Since the introduction of civil partnerships earlier this year, gay and lesbian couples are now exempted from paying inheritance tax when their partner dies, the same exemption enjoyed by married couples.

  • Trevor Phillips tipped for equality role

    He is a controversial choice, given his very close relationship with new Labour.

    12:00 AM — The current chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality will be asked to run the 'super-commission' for human rights. The Guardian reports that Trevor Phillips will be appointed head of the new Commission for Equality Human Rights.He is a controversial choice, given his very close relationship with New Labour.

  • Anti gay protester held after Mardi Gras 7

    Mr Green was arrested over a Public Order offence for handing out leaflets at the Cardiff Mardi Gras

    12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for leafleting on Saturday.Mr Green was approached by officers who asked him to stop leafleting people, but he was arrested when he continued to distribute leaflets with extracts taken from the Gospel.

  • Steven Gerrard tops gay Wanted list

    Reporting on the Lust List has become an annual event for the red-top tabloids.

    12:00 AM — It seems that having an unconventional speaking voice continues to be no bar to gay lust.After the squeaks of David Beckham, the nasal whine of Persil's favourite footballer is music to the ears of gay fans.A survey conducted by the Gay Football Supporters Network has revealed that Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard has topped their 2006 'Lust List.'

  • Pupils urged to report homophobic bullying

    So far around 700 people have filled in the questionnaire and Alan Wardle, Stonewall's parliamentary and public affairs spokesman is confident they can get 1000 responses by October when the research ends

    12:00 AM — The summer holidays draw to a close this week and we can soon expect to see our streets adorned in gangs of grey v-necks, untucked shirts and poorly constructed ties, but for some pupils the end of the summer means a return to playgrounds full of homophobic taunts and bullying.Since May, gay charity Stonewall has been hosting an online survey to find out about young gay, lesbian and bisexual people's experiences of homophobic bullying in British schools.

  • Monsters, motors and marchers join Cardiff Mardi Gras

    The festival drew support from local politicians with representation from Wales four main political parties

    12:00 AM — Cardiff held it's 8th annual Mardi Gras last Saturday, with around 40,000 people overcoming the rain to visit the event in the Welsh capital's Cooper's Field.The Mardi Gras festival began in 1999, when it first attracted just 6,000 people, but the event now brings all groups to Wales, from Doctor Who monsters, to a gay rugby tournament, to the "World's First Gay Motor Show."

  • 1st September 2006

    NSPCC attacked for helping gay kids 2

    The NSPCC was founded in 1884, and was responsible for getting Parliament to pass the first legislation to protect children. It spends £60m a year on services for children and young people.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive A charity claiming to protect the interests of children has launched a bizarre attack on Childline and the NSPCC.Despite advertising Childline on their website, the National Society for Children and Family Contact claim the well-respected charity is abandoning the religious views of its founders.

  • When my parents were young it was illegal to be gay 1

    Meg Hillier is Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly

    12:00 AM — Meg Hillier, Labour MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly in the Department for Communities and Local Government, analyses how much the government has changed gay rights in Britain.As my children grow up it is unremarked that MPs, cabinet ministers and other public figures are gay and we now see couples celebrating civil partnerships thanks to the Labour Government.

  • Woman dies in fire at gay sauna

    Police told  PinkNews.co.uk  that the fire is being treated as suspicious. (photo: Michael Wilson)

    12:00 AM — West Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman died in a 'suspicious' fire in Leeds.The Spartan Mantalk Sauna, which formed part of an end-terrace house in the Harehills area of the city, was gutted in the blaze.A woman was rescued by fire crews at around 4am this morning, but she did not survive.

  • AIDS activists were trailblazers 2

    Margot James is Conservative Party Vice Chairman

    12:00 AM — Margot James praises the input of gay AIDS sufferers in gaining treatment for the disease and campaigning for support in other medical areas.Last month's 16th International Aids Conference in Toronto is worth reflecting on in light of the last two decades.When I started my healthcare PR business in the mid-eighties few of us had heard of HIV and Aids.

  • No gay pride at protest 2

    There were no protesters present to highlight gay issues last night

    12:00 AM — Around 200 people protested outside Parliament last night against restrictive laws placed on the right of people in this country to protest.There were dozens of banners, demanding everything from an end to racial profiling to free chocolate and tampons, but a common theme running through the protesters was against government control over their lives and rights.

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